Union Bank, N.A, announced Tuesday that Vice President and Priority Banking Manager Paul K. Abe has been promoted to vice president and branch manager of the bank’s Little Tokyo branch.
A long-time banker in Little Tokyo, Abe reports to Senior Vice President George Tanaka, who heads Retail Specialized Markets.
Abe joined Union Bank in 1993. He has a broad banking background, serving previously as branch manager, Asian segment manager and Priority Banking manager.
“Many people know Paul through his extensive community outreach work in the Japanese and Asian American communities,” said Tanaka. “And, with such deep knowledge, understanding, and experience in the financial services industry, Paul is the perfect manager to lead the Little Tokyo office and continue to serve the greater L.A. community.”
Abe has been active in a number of non-profit organizations, serving on the boards of the Little Tokyo Business Association, Go For Broke National Education Center, University of Southern California’s Asian Pacific Alumni Association, Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California, Little Tokyo Community Council, and the Executive Advisory Council for Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
A native of New York and a Sansei, Abe earned bachelor’s degrees in business administration and in East Asian languages and cultures from the University of Southern California. He attended Waseda University in Tokyo and also received his MBA in finance from USC.